Posted by Royce Young
ORLANDO -- Spurs rookie Kawhi Leonard will not play in Friday's Rising Stars Challenge because of strained right calf.
I know, big blow to Team Chuck. The question is, who steps up and gets those minutes? Who fits into the rotation there? Big decisions for Charles Barkley to figure out.
Looking at the roster, it's probably going to be Paul George and Gordon Hayward that are going to have to step up big. Because this game is so important.
Leonard was taken in the last four and was drawn by Team Chuck. He's been a pretty productive rookie this season for the Spurs, filling in time at small forward. He's also the second San Antonio Spur to pull out of the Rising Stars game as Tiago Splitter was replaced by Derrick Favors. Are we putting it past Gregg Popovich to ask for a little rest for his young guys? Nah, surely not.